Chief Secy directs to speed up NH, railway projects in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: The Implementation or large investment projects in the state have seen significant progress during last month because of the resolution of emerging issues and bottlenecks in the process of their implementation.

This was known from the review taken by Project Monitoring Group of Prime Minister’s Office held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi in Secretariat yesterday wherein Principal Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena outlined the issues for discussion and the respective project proponents presented the updates.

Reviewing the project wise progress Chief Secretary Padhi directed the project executing agencies to expedite national highway and railway projects through constant monitoring at the ground level.

The major projects reviewed in the meeting included Khurda-Bolangir new rail link project with estimated cost of Rs 3550 crore, Sambalpur-Bamur doubling with estimated cost of Rs 1,111 crore, Haridaspur-Paradip new railway line estimated at Rs 1,000 crore, Talcher-Bimilagarh new rail line estimated around Rs 810 crore, Angul-Sukinda new line project estimated around Rs 638 crore, Chandikhol-Duburi-Talcher section of NH estimated around Rs 996 crore, Binjarbahal-Teleibini section of NH-6 with estimated cost of Rs 1,057 crore, Singara-Binjabahal section of NH-6 estimated around Rs 1,082 crore, Angul-Sambalpur toll road project estimated around Rs 1,220 crore, Panikoili-Rimuli NH estimated at Rs 1,410 crore, Rengali Irrigation Project estimated around Rs 1,000 crore, OGPIL’s 765 KV line in Jharsuguda with estimated cost of Rs 1,223 crore.

Apart from these, the progress of MCL coal mining project Balaram OCP, Bhubaneswari OCP, Kaniha OCP. Belpahar OCP and Siarmal OCP were also reviewed in the meeting. The field level execution of the railway projects like doubling of Konvalasa-Koraput rail link (estimated around Rs 2.500 crore), 3rd and 4th rail line between Budhapark-Salegam (estimated around Rs 1,173 crore) and Vizanagram-Sambalpur 3rd line (estimated around Rs 2,336 crore)n was also examined in the meeting.

Project regarding establishment of new medical colleges attached with exciting district or referral hospitals in phase-II was reviewed. Secretary Heath and Family Welfare PK Meherda apposed that the detailed project reports have already been prepared and submitted to the government for approval

The issues relating to rehabilitation, disbursement of compensation, shifting of utilities, compliance to forest diversion proposals, DGPS survey, forest clearance, issue of FRA certificate, compensatory afforestation, construction of rehabilitation colony, evacuation of encroachment were discussed and resolved in the meeting.

It may he pertinent to mention here that c-PMS, an online project monitoring system has been put in place by the government of India to monitor the investment projects. The system tracks and facilitates the progress of the projects. The system includes facilities for online submission of the projects, editing and updating of the projects, reviewing the projects and submission of details relating to bottlenecks, if any.

The system has been made investor friendly and it automatically eliminates duplication and inconsistencies. Any private entrepreneur or any department or ministry willing to start a project can click on www.cabsec.gov.in or www.cabsec.nic.in to get their credentials.

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